The Panasonic AG-UX180 4K Camcorder It is one of the two models that Panasonic has introduced that are part of the UX series. With them, Panasonic presents many sensational novelties. The new AG-UX180 4K Camcorder is equipped with a 15x optical zoom lens with a 1.0-type sensor. Plus, the 24.5mm wide-angle coverage is the widest in the industry.
The new UX series includes the standard AG-UX180 model and the premium AG-UX180 model. The UX Series is the successor to the AVCCAM series of professional AVCHD camcorders from Panasonic. The UX Series is designed to make it easy to level up to 4K for professional production.
The Panasonic AG-UX180 4K Camcorder includes the ultimate Leica Dicomar lens. This lens is known for maximum fog and flicker minimization.
The AG-UX180's Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS) and Intelligent AF function also have a lot to offer at a high quality level. Therefore, it is difficult to reach any other conclusion. With the AG-UX180 you have a camcorder that is highly suitable for professional camera work.
The AG-UX180 supports 4K 24p, UHD 60p / 50p, FHD 60p / 50p, and multi-format HD super slow motion. It includes two SD memory card slots for alternate / continuous recordings and backup copies of recordings for greater reliability. Additionally, the AG-UX180 also supports UHD / FHD dual codec recording for a more efficient workflow.
Panasonic has provided the AG-UX180 with intuitive controls. Examples include three manual rings and the user button, but also the interface, such as the 3G-SDI / HDMI and XLR input. The UX series is designed to meet the needs of professional video recording.
Features of the Panasonic AG-UX180 4K Camcorder
- Leica Dicomar objective
- 15x optical zoom lens with a 1.0-type sensor
- 24.5mm wide angle range
- 4-motor system on target
- Intelligent Zoom (iZoom)
- Digital zoom (2x, 5x to 10x)
- Advanced OIS (Optical Image Stabilizer)
- UHD 25p
- FHD VFR filming
- 3G-SDI / HDMI
The world's first optical zoom lens on a 1.0-type sensor camcorder. The optical zoom lens covers the range of 24mm on the wide angle and up to 480mm on the telescopic side (35mm film equivalent in 4K 24p).
4 Engine targeting system
The 4-Motor lens system simultaneously and independently manages four groups of lenses (group 2, iris, group 3, group 4). Also, the lens size and motor range for each of the 4 groups can be efficiently suppressed. The result is optimal image quality / zoom power and a compact design.
Smart Zoom (i Zoom)
The 15x optical zoom is pretty good for a camcorder. When the zoom reaches the 15x optical zoom limit, it switches to i Zoom without any problem. In FHD shooting modes, i Zoom increases the zoom capacity by up to approximately 30x, where it maintains high resolution.
Digital zoom (2x, 5x to 10x)
The AG-UX180 is equipped with 2x, 5x and 10x digital zoom. If you use the 20x optical zoom together with the i Zoom. You will get a super magnification equivalent to a 300x zoom. Without there being a reduction in the intensity of the light.
Leica Dicomar objective
The UX Series uses the Leica Dicomar objective. This lens meets the highest quality standards of Leica AG cameras. It uses a multi-coating process that minimizes shadows and flickering so you can achieve exceptionally clear images.
Advanced OIS (Optical Image Stabilizer)
The OIS ensures that all unstable shooting situations have extremely powerful correction. The OIS ball system reduces imperfections in selected sections. It also achieves significantly better correction during freehand use.
5-axis Hybrid Image Stabilizer (FHD)
If you use hand shake correction in HD recording modes, the effects of optical and electronic image stabilization are combined. In this mode, hand shakes from different directions, including rotations, are detected and corrected.
1.0-type (life-size) MOS sensor for fast 4K 60p / 50p footage
The high-quality 1.0-type 4K MOS sensor ensures outstanding image quality and high sensitivity. The 1.0-type MOS sensor provides approximately 9.46 million pixels in 4K and 24p and approximately 8.79 million pixels in UHD / FHD. It achieves an appropriate depth of field and an excellent balance between sensitivity and image quality. Image recording is possible at 4K (4096 x 2160) resolution with 24p, UHD (3840 x 2160) with 60p / 50p, or FHD (1920 x 1080) with 60p / 50p.
The VFR (2 fps up to 60 fps) / Super Slow Motion Speed (120 fps / 100 fps).
VFR recording can be adjusted in 10 steps from 2 fps to 60 fps (60Hz) / 9 steps from 2 fps to 50 fps (50 Hz). The Super Slow Motion effect can be achieved with fast HD recording at 120 fps (59.94 Hz) or 100 fps (50 Hz).
IR (infrared) recordings in dark locations
The infrared blocking filter can be turned on and off (via the User Button). If the filter is off, you can use the optional IR bulbs to shoot in a dark location.
Multi-format recording in 4K / UHD / FHD / SD
The versatile and easy-to-use MOV file formats (Quicktime), MP4 and AVCHD are supported. The variety of shooting modes with selectable settings to achieve appropriate image quality, frame rate and bit rate for many applications, from motion picture production to online distribution.
Fast and accurate intelligent AF
The camera features high-speed Intelligent AF, excellent monitoring and stability. The evaluation algorithm for the focus state ensures a fast and accurate transition to the search. The fast and accurate Micro Focusing Motor monitors the subject unit accurately even when there are rapid changes in focus distance. The AF system accurately assesses changes in the subject through the active use of movement in a high resolution 4k image. The revamped AF function is ideal for adjusting AF speed, monitoring sensitivity, and field settings.
UHD / FHD dual codec recording
Images are simultaneously recorded in two different formats, Main and Sub. (8 Mbps) Sub files can be sent over mobile networks. This means that mounting can be done before the core files are delivered, thus making the workflow more efficient. With the dual SD memory card slots you can record automatically continuously or by alternating slot 1 and slot 2. If you always have another SD you can record for hours.
Image Adjustment Features including Details and Gamma Modes
For an independent effect for each of the 16 phases of the video images, the camera has an independent color correction with 16 axes. This makes color matching possible on multiple cameras under the same lighting conditions, and also as a creative option.
In particular, in the case of very close shots of people, the skin detail function is very effective in achieving fluid and beautiful skin tones.
The AG-UX180 is equipped with eight selectable gamma modes, including two Cinema-Mode gamma, based on technology developed for the VariCam. There are six preset files with image quality settings that are included as scene files (ex: standard, shooting under fluorescent lighting, sparks, still life, cinema mode contrast, and cinema mode dynamic range). You can change all the settings as you wish. You can also save a configuration as an edited file on the AG-UX180 and up to eight configurations on an SD memory card.
In the box
- Panasonic AG-UX180 4K Camcorder
- Battery Pack (AG-VBR59)
- Battery Charger (AG-BRD50)
- AC adapter
- Microphone stand kit
- AC cable
- Lens cap
- End IN cover
- User manual